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Published on January 5th, 2017 | by Start Cycles


Top 5 Cycling Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves are a wonderful yet frustrating thought, sometimes.

Some of the smallest reactions can be enough to tip the everyday person, over the edge and allow the red mist of anger descend upon them.

For cyclists, this can be many, many things, so we decided to put our heads together and come up with as many as we possibly could – well five.

1. “Oh, I didn’t see you, mate.”

During your commute in the morning or even the evening can bring with it, some risk – especially if it’s dark.

You could be decked out in high visibility clothing, lights and even a gigantic LED sign strapped to your bike making road users aware and still, you’ll encounter near-misses or and hopefully this would not be the case, even a collision. If you look at the copious amounts of helmet camera footage, there’s tons of impacts out there (more so disagreements), with the first bit of dialogue being “sorry mate, I didn’t see you…”

One or the other would be at fault, it may be both parties – a cyclist has tried to chance it and it’s not paid off or a driver has not noticed the cyclist and collided. But that phrase shouldn’t be thought of, let alone, mentioned.

Chances are, you did see one another, you’ve tried to speed up to beat the turn or traffic lights, the gamble was wasted and it’s a sentence to try cushion the blow.


2. The Shining 

There are plenty of workers out there who use their bikes to get to and from their jobs. They may not be the hardcore cyclist, layered in the latest kit or have the most expensive frame but every day, without fail, they will jump on their respected bicycle and make the commute, whether it’s for 10 minutes or 30 minutes, they’re doing their bit to keep active but sometimes, not having the right equipment can annoy others, with lights in particular.

When it’s dark, staying seen is VITAL for safety, especially near roads and busy areas of residencies. However, leaving the house without a light or even helmet for that matter is a huge pet peeve with other cyclists. This is purely down to avoiding crashes, near misses and again, safety. There’s going to be a route where it’s darker than most and seeing a blinking/flashing light makes it a lot easier to judge where to move on the path and also, make folk aware.

Saying it’s expensive to buy a light is not true, you can by front and rear lights between £10-15 – take a look on our website HERE.

3. Jumping the Lights

Knowing the Highway Code is key for, not just drivers but for cyclists too. It’s a set of guidelines to follow, so you can remain safe and be in the know when on your bike.

Common sense is also a big factor when cycling from A to B, like for instance, moving over to the designated section of the collaborated pedestrian and cycle path or staying to the left of the road, signalling before you turn but what about stopping at a red light, should you do that? The answer is YES!

According to Section 69 of the HWC; “You MUST obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.

According to Section 69 of the HWC; “You MUST obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.

So that means you need to stop at red lights, not go through them – it’ll be an accident waiting to happen and it drives other cyclists up the wall!

4. Lane Pain

Cycling towards pedestrians on Cycle Tracks (combined paths), is simple to do, they are aware of you and vice versa, however. However, when folk have their back to you and in your lane, it can prove problematic. You can ring your bell a copious amount of times to draw attention and it works most of the time but sometimes, especially in a world where music is on the go, ringing the bell is not enough, leaving you to either, swerve around them or try – very politely we must say – get their attention with your voice, while trying not to scare them at the same time.

The downside to that is, if it’s a busy path, crossing lanes may put you as well as other pedestrians in danger. Don’t cycle right behind them, it is annoying, we get it, but unless it’s clear or safe to manoeuvre around, you’ll just have to sit tight.

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As mentioned in the previous point, music is, almost, everywhere now. Devices are getting smaller and smaller as well as different attachments to clip on to the bike make listening to music that little bit simpler – it’s not great!

Listening to music, especially during the rush hour on the roads, is dangerous and annoying to other cyclists, especially if they are trying to grab you attention to make you weary of an obstruction or want to pass, so having your favourite playlist blasting into your ears isn’t great.

More so, it’s a distraction and will pull your attention aware from your surroundings, you need to be wary of other road users, cars in particular. Noises, lights and vision can all be compromised, if you’re singing or bobbing your head, you’re not concentrating, putting yourself and others at risk!

6. Be Smart With Your Phone

As the rise in smartphones continue, so does the inept process of using them while cycling. There’s huge news regarding car users using their phones while driving, with fatal collisions and on the spot fines continuing to grow and the same can be said for cyclists. On more than a few occasions we’ve seen riders with no hands, one in a pocket and the other holding their phone to their ear – on a busy road or cycle path! We don’t need to say how dangerous and annoying this is as, it’s self-explanatory, really, isn’t it?

Simple solution? Pack the phone in your bag or, if you have one, use an attachment accessory on your bike, then respond after the ride.


There you have it then! That’s just a few pet peeves that we have come up with for you to sink your teeth into. Got any more? Let us know via our Facebook or Twitter!

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Written By Start Cycles